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VOL. 129 | NO. 205 | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Council Wades Into Pension Reform

For the second time in three weeks, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has made major changes to the overall plan to right the city’s financial condition by changing employee and retiree benefits.

October 21 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

Expanding Opportunities

Central Library preparing to open new teen learning lab space

The popular image of a library may be one of a dowdy old institution that loans out books and demands hushed voices from its patrons. But because of where the library system in Memphis is headed, though, that notion is – no pun intended – overdue for a rethink.

Local Ebola Response Relies On Experience

Five years ago this month, there was a triage tent on the grounds of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and Memphis was a hot spot for the H1N1 flu pandemic.

Political Leaders Weigh In on Ebola Prep

There is the medical response to the potential of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. And then there is the political response to the possibility of such an outbreak.

Turner, Chism Survey New County Commission

Shelby County Commissioners Van Turner and George Chism belong to different political parties. Turner is a Democrat and Chism is a Republican.

SEC Finds Dominance at Top of Associated Press Poll

Another week, another first in the Associated Press college football poll. For the first time, one conference – yes, the SEC – has placed four teams in the top five. Mississippi State remained No. 1 after its bye week. Florida State of the ACC stayed No. 2 after defeating Notre Dame. Ole Miss held at No. 3 after beating Tennessee, Alabama moved up three spots to No. 4 after blasting Texas A&M 59-0, and Auburn moved up a spot to fifth after its bye week.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Sprouts Farmers Market Applies for Building Permit

3150 Village Shops Drive, Germantown, TN 38138 -
Sprouts Farmers Market is moving ahead with developing its new Germantown grocery store.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Hidden Fundraising Challenges

You can’t see what you can’t see. There may be some challenges facing your nonprofit that you’re not aware of. They are insidious and sometimes deadly. Taking a close look at “what’s really going on” may refocus your energy and resources, and rescue your fundraising.

Las Vegas Without Gambling

Who in his right mind spends four days in Las Vegas, without kids to slow down things, and doesn’t sit at a table game even once to play a hand?

STATEWIDE

Haslam Says no Secret on Positions in Second Term

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Bill Haslam says there should be little mystery about where he stands on major issues like Medicaid expansion and Common Core educations standards as he runs for a second term as Tennessee governor against nominal Democratic opposition.

Alexander's Spending on Re-Election Bid Tops $8 Million

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Lamar Alexander's campaign spending in his bid to represent Tennessee in U.S. Senate for a third term now tops $8 million. By comparison, the former governor and two-time presidential candidate spent $4.5 million on his entire Senate bid in 2008.

Most Congressional Incumbents Appear Safe in Tennessee

After defeating his Republican primary opponent by a mere 38 votes, scandal-ridden U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais appears to be only one of Tennessee's nine incumbent House members to face a serious challenge in the general election.

Online App for Tennessee Lawmakers Wins Award

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An online application for Tennessee lawmakers has won an award from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

REGIONAL

Mississippi Hospitals, Clinic Receiving Updates on Ebola

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — State health officials say Mississippi hospitals will be capable of handling any Ebola cases that may arise.

Commission Won't Rehear Domestic Violence Deposit Waiver

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Public Service Commission won't reconsider its order to let victims of domestic violence delay paying utility deposits for 60 days.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Canadian Pacific Ends CSX Deal Talks

Canadian Pacific Railway has ended talks with U.S. counterpart CSX about a possible combination and plans no more discussions.

Survey: Pay Raises Rarer Despite Strong US Hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months.

US Agency Warns Car Owners to Get Air Bags Fixed

DETROIT (AP) — A potential safety crisis over defective air bags widened Monday as the U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get their cars fixed.

HEALTH CARE

Urgent-Care Clinics Ill-Equipped to Treat Ebola

A new concern over the spread of Ebola surfaced recently when a Dallas County sheriff's deputy who searched the apartment of the first patient to die from the virus in the U.S. started feeling ill and went to an urgent-care center.

GOP Governors Don't See 'Obamacare' Going Away

WASHINGTON (AP) — While Republicans in Congress shout, "Repeal Obamacare," GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law's major Medicaid expansion. Even if their party wins control of the Senate in the upcoming elections, they just don't see the law going away.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 87 87 14,804
MORTGAGES 80 80 19,410
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 22 3,817
BUILDING PERMITS 142 142 35,472
BANKRUPTCIES 62 62 14,096
BUSINESS LICENSES 62 62 5,053
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 99 99 21,532
MARRIAGE LICENSES 37 37 4,594

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